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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Report 5-25 Niigata report: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Kyle O'Reilly


By Bryan Rose, WrestlingObserver.com

Here are night three of the Best of the Super Junior results, held earlier this morning in Niigata. Before going on, I should note that Alex Shelley is officially out of the tournament, suffering ligament damage in a match with David Finlay. Thus, all of his matches will be considered forfeit wins.

Beretta vs. Chase Owens

Solid match. Owens blindsided Beretta after spitting in his hand and was in control most of the match. Beretta made a comeback, but Owens laid him out with a package piledriver on the apron, which did not look like fun times at all. Beretta then came back, took out Owens and laid him out with an Omori driver into a pin for the win.

Mascara Dorada vs. David Finlay

This was good, but there wasn’t much heat. Finlay stood out for me in this match as he played the heel, and was pretty good at it. He controlled the match, mostly with mat wrestling, until he got up to the top rope and tried a springboard, but missed and connected with Dorada’s feet. He followed that up with a rope walk senton then followed with a Michinoku driver pinning combination.

Tiger Mask vs. Bobby Fish

Tiger Mask won with a rollup out of nowhere. A lot of this was Fish working over Tiger Mask, though at one point he missed a superkick and it landed on the ring post. They took turns working on each other’s legs until Tiger Mask got the phantom roll up. I found this to be dull in parts but it was solid overall.

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Kyle O’Reilly

O’Rilley submitted Liger with an armbar in an upset. This was the best match of the night; nothing blow away, but worth watching as the last few minutes were pretty great. It started off slow, with O’Reilly working over Liger, but Liger made his comeback including the rolling senton to the floor. They had a back and forth match after this. Liger hit a hurricanrana off the top rope, but O'Reilly countered it into a sunset flip for a nearfall. He followed that with a tornado DDT into a brainbuster and when that didn’t work he applied the armbar and submitted Liger. Last few minutes were great.